Lift Truck Training
For handling materials, there are numerous types of industries which use powered industrial trucks. In the recycling business, internal combustion powered forklifts are popular. Lift truck operation requires well trained operators. Within North America, training is a requirement, and for a really good reason. A forklift could cause personal injury or serious damage to property if not operated safely. A forklift which is loaded can weight three times as much as an automobile. Lift trucks are accountable for many industrial accidents, either as the secondary or the primary source of the accident. Reports of injuries or fatalities involving pedestrians or operators are all very commonplace.
A training program for operators should be developed and applied by employers. In addition, the program should be based on four factors: the general principles of safe truck operation, the kinds of vehicles being used in the workplace, the general safety requirements, based on OSHA and the particular hazards of the workplace. Training includes both practical and formal parts. At the completion of the training, operators must pass an assessment showing they have the ability to operate the truck properly. OSHA also requires that powered industrial truck operators must be trained in certain specified subject matters which is applicable to safely operating a lift truck.